Hi gang, Still haven’t ‘finished’ my ultimate tool stand, but thought I’d share some late night/early morning tool thoughts with you. My management job at the courier service has been keeping me hopping lately… and I’ve barely had any time to sleep, let alone get any shop time in the past couple of weeks. I had three drivers leave, and while I had interviews going on, and hiring etc… I’ve had to cover the routes with other drivers and take up the slack myself. This past friday was a real ‘bear’, and was about the worst I’ve seen in terms of ‘crunch time’. On the plus side, there are two drivers in the pipeline for me, one starts later today, the other I hope to have running later this week. The third… I’ll cope for awhile without him, until I can hire a utility infielder. While I’ve been filling in on routes, I’ve been getting a nice ‘slush fund’ build up and some new tool are either here, or on the near horizon.
Enough about work, on to the tools!
My birthday was last month, and I received a Oneway Wolverine sharpening system. I still have to get it out to the shop and set up, but I have it! I’m hoping that once things settle down at work, I can schedule some down time and do some turning! I also got a nice check, which instantly transformed itself into an Oneida Dust deputy, just the do it yourself version, not the big kit. That’s actually on my short to do list this weekend. I’m not doing any runs (unless the wheels fall off somewhere…), so I’m going to ‘treat’ myself to a full day out in the shop… finishing the tool stand, and rearranging one entire end of my shop. My eldest son is in town, and I’m going to put him to work out there with me for as much as I can… I need a second set of hands to move the large cabinet, plus my newfangled bench.
I’m also planning on taking my next weekend off and finishing the insulation job on the shop. My passive solar project never really worked all that well last fall, but I’m also going to get that completed by the end of the month. I’m hoping that this winter I won’t have to shut down the shop as completely as I have in the past, or for as long…
My plan is to install a removable drop ceiling at the top sill level of my shop. I’m going to use 2” rigid insulation, which a quick sketch tells me I will need 8 sheets to cover my 12×20’ ceiling. Add in a couple of 12’ long 2×4’s to hold up the panels and I’m looking at about $300 or so. I’ll also add in about another dozen 2×4’s to frame out my solar collector… see earlier blog entries… this year I have the cash and I figure a couple of weekends ought to do to get that built.
-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com